"Expecting Mercy"

Expecting Mercy (2000) is a straight to video billed as a thriller. As a thriller, it completely fails. And while sex is a big part of the plot, there is precious little of it shown. We do have one long scene where Heather Prete shows her breasts. Prete and her boyfriend have car trouble in a small Wisconsin town, and check into a bed and breakfast. The couple who runs it don't get along, especially because he got a vasectomy without telling her knowing she wanted kids and she is now withholding sex, saying that there is no point to it.

He also runs a mail order business for arms and related training tapes, and tapes their guests with hidden cameras. Prete and her husband are on the run, and have money. Also, Prete clearly enjoys an energetic screw, and the husband wants some of that. This sets up the conflict. The reason the film has little or no suspense is that we know immediately what the evil husband is up to, and he is found out and stopped at about the midpoint of the film. The story is really more about a friendship between Prete and the landlady.

IMDb has barely heard of it, and the only review listed blames too much character development for its failure as a thriller. I agree that pace would have helped, but the basic thriller story simply wasn't there in the script. What was there was an ok character driven drama/buddy picture. This is a C-. Most of the characters are likeable, and I loved the ending.

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    .avi's from Shiloh.

    .wmv files made by Scoop from Shiloh's .avi's.

    NOTE: because of a unique combination of circumstances with the Windows media player and some substantial bandwidth theft, we will have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Left click on the files as you normally would to view a picture. When you get a choice, click on "save", and put it on your hard drive in the directory of your choice. UnZIP and play from there.

    I know this is not especially convenient, but it allows the film clips to continue. I can protect .zip files from hot-linking in the same way I can protect still images. For some reason, if I protect .avis and .wmvs from hot-linking, they will not play in the Windows media player, and I can't get a satisfactory work-around. Perhaps I will find a better solution, but for now this new policy allows you to continue getting the movie clips you want to see, which is much preferable to my abandoning the clips altogether.



    • Linda Fiorentino in "The Moderns", a flawed but sometimes interesting movie. ( .avi- zip) (.wmv - zip)

    • Olivia Williams in "The Heart of Me", a classy but boring weep-fest made for a female audience. ( .avi- zip) (.wmv - zip)

    • Liz Taylor was born a few years too early to do any significant screen nudity. By the time the Hays Code had been replaced with the MPAA rating system, Taylor had lost her girlish figure. She did manage to sneak in a quick partial butt shot in the infamous epic, "Cleopatra". (.avi- zip) (.wmv - zip)



    Perhaps these tips will help if you have trouble with the codecs for these movies:

    Shiloh says:

    FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the vids says the video codec:  DivX Decoder Filter & audio codec:  Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with. When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG Layer-3.  A friend of mine told me about compressing the audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
    When I cap big brother's I use hypercam mostly & sdp & asfrecorder if the set up allows me. I stopped using camtasia cause the file sizes were always too big, could never figure out the process, over my head lol, plus it cost too much to buy in my opinion.

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    I made the .wmv versions of each video. The codecs for these: Windows Video V8, Windows Audio 9. The upside of these is that you know the codecs, and they'll play in the Windows Media Player. The downside is that they are slightly larger, and slightly lower quality.

    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    Today we have a few assorted video clips (divx avis -zipped)....

    First up, former Heffmate Cynthia Myers (December '68) in "Molly and Lawless John" (1972). Such a lovely woman, such a spectacular body, such a short career.

    Next up, Cerina Vincent and two other naked babes from "Not Another Teen Movie".

    • Cerina Vincent as 'Areola', the naked foreign exchange student. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    • Jennifer Leone, who is also known as Jesse Capelli, a frequently very nekkid model and recent Penthouse Pet. Here she is wearing the same outfit as Areola at the big party.

    • Jessica Asher, the 'Naked Girl in Locker Room'.

    Vejiita 'caps from the 1992 Hong Kong softcore flick "Sex and Zen".

    • Amy Yip, one of the most famous actresses of the Hong Kong softcore genre. Here she shows rear nudity and most of her large breasts. Throughout her career she went to great lengths to keep her goodies just out of full the nipples you see are most likely a body double. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    • Isabella Chow, topless and showing rear nudity.

    • Reina Murakami...all 3 B's in a lesbian scene with Isabella Chow that involves "fun with a flute". (1, 2, 3)

    • Unknowns showing full frontal and full dorsal nudity.

    Christina Ricci
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    A fuller-figured Ricci showing off a truck load of cleavage in scenes from "Buffalo '66" (1998), the indie film written by, directed by and starring Vincent Gallo.

    Drew Barrymore
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Mr. Nude Celeb 'caps of Drew topless in scenes from the 1993 direct-to-vid movie, "Doppelganger".

    Melissa Pursley
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

    Topless in several scenes from the Citizen Kane of blood-thirsty-bondage-loving-gnome movies, "Blood Gnome" (2002). 'Caps by the Skin-man.